Fuji XQ1 review

Fuji's X20 sensor in a tiny body

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG Signal to noise ratio

JPEG signal to noise ratio

This suggests that images from the XQ1 are a little noisier than those from the other cameras, but the resolution scores are good indicating that detail has been preserved at the expense of a little noise.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) signal to noise ratio

Raw signal to noise ratio

Apart from at the lowest sensitivity settings the XQ1 produces cleaner images with a stronger signal than the Canon S120. It's performance is close to the Fuji X20's up to around ISO 400, from here images become a bit noisier.

JPEG dynamic range

JPEG dynamic range

The XQ1 shows the same strange dynamic range pattern as the X20, getting wider at the mid sensitivity values - where it beats the competition.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range

Raw dynamic range

This shows that the XQ1's dynamic range is more restricted than the other cameras' apart from at ISO 100 where it beats the Sony RX100 II and at the higher sensitivities where it out performs the Canon S120.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsH.264, MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)187 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Image Sensor Size2/3" (8.80 mm x 6.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.5 mm
Width100 mm
Depth33.3 mm
Product SeriesX
Focal Length6.40 mm to 25.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelXQ1
Product NameXQ1 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC11760A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information
  • High image quality of the FUJIFILM X Series in a pocket size
  • Maximum resolution and description power with the bright F1.8 lens and "Lens Modulation Optimiser" function.
  • World's fastest Autofocus speed of just 0.06 seconds
  • High-quality trimmed body design and control ring
  • Simple and fast Wireless image transfer
Superb build quality

Available in solid black and solid silver, the FUJIFILM XQ1's all-metal body is of the highest quality. With a stylish upper control deck, the black body has a textured finish, while the silver body is fully anodised with a single tone finish that matches the upper deck.

X series Image Quality

To maximise the power of the lens, Fujifilm has removed the optical low-pass filter from its X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor. In addition, the camera features a "Lens Modulation Optimiser," which minimises diffraction and chromatic aberrations by digitally processing images to improve sharpness and clarity. Extraordinary resolution can be experienced with simple shooting in JPEG format.

Package Contents
  • XQ1 Compact Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-48
  • AC Power Adapter AC-5VT
  • Plug Adapter
  • Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year